Sagas (Myths and Legends of the World)
The sagas, a rich collection of traditional Scandinavian stories, were written down in Iceland between the late 1100s and the 1300s. They can be divided into several categories: lives of Icelandic kings and bishops, family histories, romances, and sagas of ancient times. This last group of sagas deals with the adventures of legendary heroes. Often set in distant or imaginary locations, they are a major source of information about mythology.
First settled in the late 800s by the Vikingseafaring people from Norway Sweden, and Denmarkceland had a paganterm used by early Christians to describe non-Christians and non-Christian beliefs culture until about 1000, when Christianity was introduced. One purpose of the sagas was to record the history of the new country and preserve its Viking heritage. The sagas of ancient times include stories about Norse gods such as and Odinin Norse mythology, one-eyed deity and ruler of the gods, who were worshiped by the Vikings, as well as tales about human characters. They treat many of the same mythological themes found in the Poetic Edda and the Prose Eddawo other key works of Icelandic literature.
The heroes of the sagas of ancient times often undertake dangerous quests to defeat an enemy seek glory, or win the love of a maiden. Along the way, they may...
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